About a year ago, we finished a 500 square foot addition on the second floor of our house. While the kids’ toys were getting smaller (polly pockets and lego’s), the kids were are bigger and more active. Our hope was that a new playroom would give them a place to run, jump, play and be loud. And a place where the noise and mess could be hidden behind a closed door!
Here is our house before construction began…
And three short months later, construction was complete!
We live in a part of the country where we often see this in our backyard…
Rainy weather isn’t always conducive to spending time outdoors, so we created a small indoor jungle gym in the new playroom. We were inspired by some friends who did something similar in their basement (OK, maybe ‘inspired’ isn’t the correct word….we basically copied their idea!).
The rings are from Ikea and were relatively inexpensive. The line is called Ekorre, but unfortunately, I cannot find it on their website anymore. A set of two rings was $10 and I believe the ladder was $20. Hopefully they will carry it again soon because the price really can’t be beat!
Installing them was easy (thanks to the help of our builder!). I purchased two 2×4′s and painted them the same color as our ceiling. Lag bolt screws were screwed into the 2×4′s at even increments.
Our builder drilled the 2×4′s into the cross beams in the ceiling, using giant screws to secure them into place. Then, we clipped the Ikea rings and ladder onto the lag screw bolts.
They are so secure that Dan and I can even hang from them! But mostly, it’s kids under the age of 8 that are caught swinging.
Thank you to our friends for the great idea! The rings have been a great indoor activity on many rainy days!
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